I am famously bad at hair maintenance. I might remember to wash my hair twice a week, on a good week, and that’s about how often I comb it as well.
If you find that street people are doing a better job with their own hair maintenance than you are with yours, I have a hair style for you! The Low Side Bun doesn’t require a comb, or any particular level of skill, and it still manages to be more polished looking than a ponytail. This is a particularly grand hairstyle for work, where I am expected to show up looking more or less showered and put together and professional.
I tried to get a picture of the back of my head but I was…..not successful in that endeavor.
I’ve been faking it with this hairstyle for a few years now. It all started because I couldn’t find any hair ties and I didn’t have time to shower. Now I do this to my hair almost every day, particularly on work days, when I am always running behind and looking like a bedraggled street urchin.
To implement, you need two large bobby pins (they’re called the jumbo pins, I believe, and are about 4″ long – noticeably larger than the standard size) and three regular sized ones. You may need more or less depending on your own hair quantities; I have longish hair of medium thickness, for reference.
No brushing required! Pull all of your hair in a handful over to one side, twist into a ‘rope’, and then twist that around into a figure eight (or if your hair is shorter, an ‘o’ works, or even a ‘comma’). Holding the end of your hair (which will be the top of the figure eight, if your hair is figure eight length) against your scalp, secure the two big bobby pins in an ‘ex’ fashion, so they’re holding each other in place. Use the three small bobby pins to tame any fly-aways or loose ends. You can also use a couple bobby pins to keep your hair back from your face if you have shorter layers in front.
I suppose you could fashion this so it was centered on the back of your head, but I don’t look at the back of my head when I’m doing my hair, and when it’s pulled over to the side you can more or less see when you’re jabbing pins into your scalp, and that’s certainly handy.
What are your go-to lazy hair fashions?
Jenny Grace has been back in school for a year, raising her son for five, and growing up for twenty nine. She’s not quite done yet. Raised amongst goats and chickens on a ranch in the California countryside, she was sent off to high school at a Hindu yoga center, and spent her youth working at her family’s nightclub and bar. No really, Jenny grew up completely normal. Well, normal for a kid raised by hippies that is. Shrugging off her patchouli steeped roots, Jenny went on to get a Bachelor’s of Arts in Linguistics and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. Now she’s working on her Master’s in Accountancy. Don’t let degrees fool you though; she wastes most of her time with wine and crosswords. Jenny is a cunning linguist, honest beyond reason, and incapable of keeping her mouth shut. You can read more from Jenny Grace on her blog, Miss Disgrace.